Software & Computers
Flat panel monitors
Near Field Imaging (NFI) technology is built into a line of 28 new flat panel monitors. The touch screens offer durability beyond that of traditional capacitive touch screens, and can be used with almost any stylus or a gloved hand. Available in clean and antiglare finish, the monitors are mechanically identical to the standard and resistive touch screen-based products.
Christensen Display Products, Inc., christensendisplay.com, Write 340 on PE card
Extended software capabilities
System 1 version 4.0 is an updated plant asset management (PAM) software program. The new version features new capabilities that allow additional connectivity to the company's data sources, as well as sources from other companies. It also features enhanced display and data storage, advanced decision functions, and an interface to maintenance management software. Connectivity enhancements include an OPC client/server interface, support for wireless sensor bus architecture, and support for third-party monitors and hardware data sources.
Bently Nevada, bently.com, Write 341 on PE card
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey